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Lee Carson


Lee Carson attended Smith College, Chicago, aged 14 and left, aged 16 to become a reporter for the Chicago Times. In 1940 she joined the International News Service, she was made a War correspondent in 1943.

Carson was dubbed by her colleagues as 'the best looking' female war correspondent, and reportedly used this to her advantage. Hubert Zemke recalled that she caused a stir when she visited the 56th Fighter Group sometime in the Spring of 1944. She supposedly talked a pilot into letting her aboard a bomber on D-Day, where she witnessed the bombing of Cherbourg, and became the only female War Correspondent to come close to the Normandy Invasion.

Famed for her shapely legs, Carson spent most of the war with them covered by trousers, she was the first Allied War Correspondent to enter Paris following liberation. Attached to the 4th Army, she rode in on a Jeep, and reported on the Parisian Hepcats and civilians who had resisted occupation. She later joined the 1st Army with fellow war Correspondent Iris Carpenter and crossed the Seigfried Line at Aachen.

Carpenter and Carson reported on the Battle of the Bulge and witnessed the first GIs meeting Russian Troops. On 15 April 1945, assigned to the task force which liberated the Castle, Carson entered Colditz and took the only photo of the "cock" glider, built by inmates and hidden in the Attic. On 23 April 1945, Carson was present at the liberation of the Erla Work Camp at Leipzig, she was horrified at the suffering of the inmates.

Lee Carson retired from the International News Service in 1957, she died of Cancer, aged 51 in 1973.


Event Location Date
Became War Correspondant 1943

Became the War Correspondent.

Died Lankenau Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA 5 April 1973

Died in Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia.


Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 14:18:15 Emily Changes to biography

Nancy Caldwell Sorrel The Women Who Wrote the War on Google Books.

Obituary in Rome News Tribune, 8 April 1983

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 16:49:24 jrugman Changes to biography

Found from sources online and on AAM website.

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 13:13:55 jrugman Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, biography and events

Added to site after photo of her was found on the website.
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